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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is to hold a crucial central committee meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday to discuss the possibility of forming an alliance with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to face the UNP at the presidential election, SLFP spokesman, Weerakumara Dissanayaka said.

However, he admitted that forming an alliance with the SLPP was extremely remote because it was not prepared to change its 'pohottuwa' symbol while the SLFP was adamant on it being changed because SLFP supporters could not be asked to vote for the 'pohottowa' while ignoring its own 'hand' symbol.

Mr. Dissanayaka told a media conference that the SLFP was ready to accept symbol other that of the 'hand' symbol and the SLPP must also do the same by leaving out the 'pohotttuwa' symbol.

“The stumbling block for a common alliance is the SLPP’s reluctance to change the party symbol. We have agreed on many other areas like a common policy and work programme, the constitution and campaign strategies. If the central committee fails to take a final decision, we will have to finally decide whether to join with the SLPP or go our separate ways,” he said.

Commenting on the attempt by the UNP and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to abolish the executive presidency, Mr. Dissanayaka said the SLFP had decided not to attend any discussions on the matter after the declaration of the presidential election.

He said the SLFP condemned the covert moves initiated by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to introduce the 20th Amendment. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Pitasthara Balawega Thursday, 26 September 2019 05:42 PM

    SHAME ! . It should be the other way around . RIP .

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 26 September 2019 05:43 PM

    Better stay alone and lose but keep honesty than join with criminal crooks and traitors.

    dodo Thursday, 26 September 2019 06:21 PM

    theyre not joining the unp

    Anmanpan Thursday, 26 September 2019 05:55 PM

    Ha Ha Ha! Looks like the UNP nominee got the hand to clinch.

    Anmanpan Thursday, 26 September 2019 06:07 PM

    A statement from a jumper who has lost his bearing .

    Dee Thursday, 26 September 2019 06:41 PM

    Yes. And give more strength to the opponent's

    Sheyenne Algama Thursday, 26 September 2019 07:23 PM

    SLFP now need to hang them selves. Why should SLPP change their symbol ?? SLFP cannot dictate terms over SLPP as they haven’t got any credibility now....

    johan Thursday, 26 September 2019 07:28 PM

    SLPP is a Pawl Pakshaya, if MR family is not controlling that party Wimal,Dallas,Gaman and Kehiliya all have to find jumpers

    Sambo Thursday, 26 September 2019 09:01 PM

    I hope it does not take place.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Thursday, 26 September 2019 09:22 PM

    Mr. Weerakumara Disanayaka, you will never be able to take a final decision, because you guys from top to bottom have no spine. Your central committee always take disciplinary action against sprats and not sharks. Take action sans leaning against anyone and show the SLFPers that you guys are straight forward.

    Venom Friday, 27 September 2019 06:33 AM

    Antheemata unta eheth nehe meheth nehe!

    Cobra Friday, 27 September 2019 06:35 AM

    Once a proud party, now a refugee with nowhere to go!


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